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    Isn't it just nice to know you can grow really rare and hard to culitvate Highland-Ultrahighland Nepenthes yet can't grow a simple N. ampullaria b/c your house is too cold. Well, I am asking for everyone's help.....how do you grow your lowlands? IN front of a heater? In your dining room? Your basement next to the furnace? I am plump out of ideas....and to a lesser extent....space! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] Should I move my lowlands to the wamrest room of my house? (most likely I should do that&#33[img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img] Well give your ideas and how you keep your lowlands warm in the winter. Thanks all! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

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    sorry, can't help ya on that part but, moving them to the warmest part of the house is a good idea. mine are still out side and the temp has only gotten down to 48 so far at night and they still look ok to me. will except for one.

    brrrr, just thinking how cold it is up there.
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    I'll see what my parents say about moving it to the dining room. It's good to eat around plants, the extra oxygen may make your food taste better! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] I wonder what Tony's got his greenhouse heated at...what is it set at now Tony? [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

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    Hey nep g,

    I'm also cursed with ugly weather (central Ohio) and had to come up with a way to maintain my plants over the winter. Due to space restrictions and the fact that every available space already contains a terrarium I moved to the basement. I built some enclosures (see below), not truly attractive but functional. By sealing the enclosure the humidity and heat stays up, the lights are on timers so there is a night time drop. I am considering adding a submersible heater but need to find one that will not crack if the water level gets too low.

    Lowland Terrarium:




    inside:





    Cheers,

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    Hi Pete! I woulda gone to the basement but ours is COLD. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif[/img] SO I moved the chmaber to my dining room. Parents say it's ok but I need white paper or such to put in the front to block the light from annoying us. Well hopefully the plants will do better. My gowchamber is so beat up....I hope it holds together! BTW Pete, how big are yours, how do you access the inside, and if there is an opening do you push-pin the plastic shut or what? Thanks!

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    Nep G,

    Well there are currently 3 of them, 1 is 6' x 6' x 4' and is the one you see, wooden frame covered with 6mill plasic sheeting. The front sheet folds up and then I have grommets in it to allow me to stretch it back and hook it over nails to keep the seal tight. There is a small one made from a single 5 shelf unit that I use for pings and the plastic is just draped down the front because I do not need the same amount of heat and humidity in it. The third unit is 5-5 shelf units put together and the sides and front plastic is usually folded up because with the number of lights in it it gets too hot.

    There is not an issue of cold even though the basement is pretty chilly - the light units being sealed inside raise the temperature to an average daytime temp of 85 F and I have a large tray in the bottom that I keep saturated moss in to help with the humidity and 5 gallon pet water dispenser that a small ultrasonic humidifie sits in and keeps the fog rolling. On the coldest day I can go in there to check the plants and end up sweating.

    It works very well for the lowlanders, in fact I need to expand because I am running out of room in it and the viney species keep grabbing the other plants.

    Here is a poor angled picture of the 5 unit one:


    Cheers,

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    You can walk in yours? Darn, that's my next step. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif[/img] Project over summer.........build walk in growchamber.....make permanent structure to house lowlanders in winter.....wish I had that kind of growchamber! It'd be like a dream to have one to walk in! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif[/img] I can squat in mine lol, mine measures in at 4 ft tall 3 ft wide and 3 ft long. Just moved it into the warmest room of the house next to a radiator, hopefully it will keep temps nice and high, I wil check the thermometer in a while to see what happens. In it I have an ultrasonic humidifier,aquarium heater in a plasitc barrel, and a hot rock. The plants in it are N.Bical "red",N.Truncata,N.Bical "yellow/orange", N.Longifolia, N.Mindanoensis.
    I'll post a pic later.

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    You think that's cool, try being able to grow Nepenthes from any position in a room, like a little greenshouse [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] . Very convenient. Although, the cold windows always have condensed moisture on them from the 50+ % humidity, and on cold nights it freezes, and is starting to do damage.

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